Date: 3 October 2013. Shooting Star.
Have you ever had a day that reminded you of how good life
is and how wonderful it is to kick back and enjoy good company and
fabulous food? Well, last night was my night, and it was one I'll remember
for quite some time. It all started a couple weeks back when I was invited
to dinner and on Tuesday plans were solidified for the following night.
Wednesday was Wonderful!
Using my trolling motor involved a quick trip over to the
marina where Skipper and I chatted with the folks on the porch.
C-Quarters Marina has a huge
overhang with lots of chairs... lots of the world's problems are solved
right there -- or could be at least. The people make the place special,
and folks like James sure have made Skipper feel welcome.
And James makes an amazing barbecued chicken. A few days
ago I went to shore on a grocery run. The supermarket has chicken but I
wasn't interested in a whole one though it looked okay. Luck was with me
as James had grilled some and shared a leg quarter -- yummy. I wrapped it
up and took it home for a lovely treat.
Folks are kind and Skipper's working her wiles... so far
I'm fairly well trained and she has James under her spell too. If it isn't
a cuddle, it's some beef jerky. Usually I bring home some of her treats in
my pocketbook as
she can't eat that much at one time. Once home, I put away (hung on a hook
down below) my purse without removing the treats.
A bit later Skipper indicated she wanted to go to bed so I
put her on the bunk. (If she thinks about it she's too afraid to jump over by herself.) Later I
looked and her little nose was twitching as she sniffed towards my purse.
Yes, I'd forgotten to put her treats in the little air-tight container
they reside in usually -- and she knew those were hers. Of course I
And yes, Skipper did rearrange my pillow and bedding for
her satisfaction and comfort.
Still, last night was special... dinner at a dirt dweller's
house with two bachelors who can cook. I tell you it was a rough life, but
somehow I made room for rib eye steak rare cooked on charcoal which is so
much better than plain propane for flavor, then there were the shrimp
(swimming a couple days ago) along with scallops (ditto) and fresh snow
peas (from the garden last season) sautéed in butter (of course!) with
fungus, and have I mentioned the stuffed clam shells (bits of pepper,
crabmeat and breading) and a baked potato? I've not had one of those for
eons (a year, perhaps more) so that was a treat too.
But the company was best of all. Boaters of course (Mainship
owner along with a Bertram 31 so obviously the boys have good taste in
boats) and gosh, I'm in love. Yes. I met the next purchase (well, after a
Kindle) ... it's an ice maker. Cranks out ice every ten minutes and it
sure did catch my eye! I love ice and that is one of the things that
brings me to shore every other day so having a small icemaker aboard and a
way to power it of course....
[I don't know enough to recommend one and am seeking advice
on same. If you have one aboard your boat or in your home, leave me a
message in the comments section (below) or
Email me. I'd like to learn more
about these before I purchase same.]
Well, you can see how a girl can go from a minimalist to a
Yachtie without too much difficulty. Sigh. But boy, oh boy, that ice maker
sure did look interesting. Of course at present I've no place to put one
and with the ongoing waterline issues it's apt to be way down the line but
I'm interested for certain.
Anyway, a lovely evening came to an end and on the way back
to the boat I saw the first shooting star I've seen in ages! And yes, I
did stay up numerous nights in August looking for them in during the Perseids Meteor
Shower and was confronted with a plethora of cloudy skies.
Aboard Seaweed time both expands and contracts. It seems
only a moment ago that summer was here with afternoon thunder-boomers, and
now, clear skies and cool evenings. This is my favorite time of the year.
Life's great afloat!
What makes a meal memorable? Is it the food, the folks,
or the location?
Does anyone have an ice maker aboard their boat? I'm interested in
learning which one and what the power draw is. Plus, would you buy it
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